Welfare to Work

University of York

University of York


The University of Yorks student newspaper “Nouse” writes that

Around 50 per cent of the students leaving the University of York at the end of this year will struggle to find a job within the first three months of graduating, research from the Local Government Association (LGA) suggests.

The coalition government has attempted, as part of the Big Society, to address the generic problem of unemployment through their flagship Work Programme. However, 47 per cent of the charities that run the scheme have predicted it will fail within six months according to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

Structurally the scheme is flawed as only one third of the people involved in the project have been given work contracts. Financially, half of charities involved have declared it is not viable because they are currently being forced to reach into their own financial reserves to prop up the scheme, resulting in it barely helping those who are not in work.

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